Modern businesses have countless priorities to think about every day. Organizations need to balance all matter of things from human resources to payroll to product offerings when considering how to benefit both their employees and their bottom line. One thing that often gets overlooked, however, is the role that a heating and cooling system plays and its importance for businesses.
Keeping Your Employees Cool (and Warm)
We have all had jobs where we have had to dress not for the weather outside but for the weather in the office. Whether it is bringing a sweater along for a freezing office in the middle of August or wearing short sleeves at your desk at the end of December, offices that pay insufficient attention to their HVAC systems pay a hefty price. According to Career Builder, only 54% of employees surveyed believed their workplace was at the right temperature. That is a lot of employees who are dissatisfied with their working conditions.
Without proper attention to the relationship between HVAC and working conditions, your employees’ productivity may suffer. A recent Cornell study of insurance workers found that employees were half as productive when offices were uncomfortably warm and caused 44% more errors when offices were too cold. Keeping your business at an appropriate temperature and well ventilated pays off in dividends. Not only is worker productivity highest when offices are kept around 70 degrees, businesses see a $6,500 increase in worker productivity and fewer illnesses when workspaces are have better ventilation.
HVAC and Your Bottom Line
Employee productivity helps your bottom line, but so does your HVAC system itself. If you have ever encountered an aging residential HVAC system, you know what comes along with it – poor ventilation, slow heat- or cool-to-temp, inconsistent temperature, and sky high utility bills from electrical usage. If a single inefficient system can destroy a family’s budget in a given month, imagine what it can do to a business’ balance sheet.
Upgrading your HVAC equipment might be a hefty investment, but advances in HVAC technology have made systems more efficient than ever. Modern HVAC equipment requires less electricity to operate and provides businesses with more configuration options than ever before. For instance, businesses can now select systems that only heat certain areas of their building rather than needing to heat every floor all of the time. Automation solutions, like those offered by EG Comfort, can also help your business save money by giving you more control over when your HVAC system runs. This means lower utility bills, fewer maintenance costs, and a more temperate workspace for you and your employees.
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